From the Desk of Jim Collins
Greetings from Cincinnati! As many of you may have seen, Punxsutawney Phil – the weather predicting groundhog from Punxsutawney, PA., supposedly saw his shadow a few weeks ago when he peered from his hole in Gobblers Knob, meaning that according to legend, we are in for six more weeks of winter weather. While I don’t believe in weather prognosticating groundhogs, I do have to say that his forecast doesn’t surprise me one bit! It has been a rough winter for most of you, having to battle frigid temperatures and dangerous winter storms throughout the country, all while trying to operate profitably and safely. Trucking is never easy but trucking in the wintertime can be especially difficult and challenging. I applaud and thank each and every one of you for your efforts.
As we close out winter over the next several weeks, I’d like to ask each of you that in addition to continuing to make smart decisions regarding driving conditions, to please stay focused on your speed control and other safe driving habits. A large percentage of our CSA points come as a result of our drivers being pulled over for unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, driving in restricted lanes, and other such violations. Once stopped for an unsafe violation, our drivers are then often cited for other violations, such as hours of service or vehicle maintenance issues. We would like to ask that you stay focused on avoiding these unsafe violations to protect your personal safety, your driving record, the company, and the safety of the motoring public.
Thank you again for all of your efforts during this most difficult time of year. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the difficult job that you do every day – especially during the winter months. With any luck that groundhog in Pennsylvania is dead wrong and warm sunny days are right around the corner for all of you. Please continue to stay focused every time you get behind the wheel and get home safely.
Jim Collins – PresidentAce Doran February 2018 Newsletter
Faith is not about how much you believe in what you believe. Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable. In fact, you can have all of the faith in the world that your SUV is going to take off and fly you to Alaska cruising at 12,000 feet in the air. But that won’t change the fact that you’re still going to be stuck in traffic somewhere with all four wheels firmly on the ground.
Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable.
The way you find out if the one you believe in is believable is by knowing and experiencing Him.
It’s like when a child climbs up on the back of her daddy for a piggyback ride. She doesn’t get up there and start asking herself if he can hold her or if he is going to drop her. Instead, she immediately starts asking him, “Do you have me?” as she wiggles and adjusts her legs into place.
By asking her daddy, “Do you have me?” she is affirming in her mind that the one she is putting her faith in is faithful. Because if he says, “Yes, I have you,” and she rests up there only to discover that he really does have her, then the next time she climbs on for a piggy-back ride, the questions become fewer.
But until she first climbs up onto the back of her daddy, she can say all day long that she believes that he can hold her. Saying it a thousand times won’t reduce the hesitation she feels when the offer to get up there is first extended. She will never get to the point where she can experience the full pleasure of his presence until she takes that first climb of faith to discover that he is faithful.
Faith experienced is faith that is real. It is an easy thing to say that you believe. It is an easy thing to feel like you believe. But faith is not situated in our feelings. Faith is situated in our feet. That’s why the Bible calls it “walking by faith” rather than “feeling by faith.”
In His Name
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12
Just as my doctor puts me through a stress test every year, God allows trials and tests in our lives in order to reveal where we are along our spiritual journey. He does this to correct whatever happens to be wrong and reveal whatever needs to be revealed, strengthen whatever seems to be weak so that we might move on to what He has in store for us.
When we’re caught between a rock and a hard place, we feel trapped, stuck, and tired of where we are. We don’t know what to do, or we don’t know how to legitimately do what we feel we need to do. We’re like the children of Israel with Pharaoh on one side and the Red Sea on the other. Death seemed certain either way.
Getting caught between a rock and a hard place is a lose-lose deal. If it were a clear win-lose deal, we would know how to choose and where to turn. But what do we do when there are no clear choices? What option do we choose when both options are bad?
Have you ever been in a situation where every option led to problems, and you just wanted to find which one would cause the least trouble? I know I’ve been in situations like that, and they aren’t fun—just as huffing and puffing on that treadmill in my doctor’s office isn’t fun. But over the years I’ve learned that God has a purpose for these times in our lives. Just as my doctor is not a mean man for putting my body through all of that stress, God is not a mean God when He leads us through trials.
God is not a mean God when He leads us through trials. When God wants to reveal the real condition of your heart to help you toward His plan for your future, He puts you in one of these kinds of trials.
Trust God in all situation even when it appears it’s a no win situation. When we see the end results we will see that God has a bigger plan for you and the situation.
In His Name